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February 18, 2019
progress in my ledger [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

progress in my ledger

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good fortune - green from Making A Lather

We decided for our "fun Saturday outing" we would visit Menards and buy some garden seeds. We have grow lights in our basement, and start a few plants indoors for our garden. From the look of outdoors, we are too early, but, we were in need of thinking of Spring and the green coming in the days ahead. Our February has been especially gloomy, I decided we would do one fun thing a day to try and stay positive.


I thought I would put Good fortune on time out for awhile, but, I found my self assembling the green triangle ...

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February 15, 2019
my tiny tuesday blocks from Making A Lather

Great story. It has taken me this long to decide if, and how, I was going to quilt along with So Scrappy's rainbow sampler this year. I was feeling the pinch of being behind, and I wasn't sure how to envision it finished. I started looking for ideas.
I tend toward plain neutral backgrounds. I am chicken I guess.
I really liked Diann of Little Penguin's grey background.
and the prints background at  Jamie's L'fair.
and Susie's print background.at knitty quilter.

I shopped online and added several great backgrounds to shopping carts. But ...

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February 11, 2019
good fortune - flakes from Making A Lather

We had a, surprise to me, snowfall after church yesterday. It was beautiful. And, I decided I needed to go out and enjoy it. We drove through Highland park. And even though, it looks like black and white pictures, it is not, and there still was it's own kind of beautiful.


Both my husband and I had so many fun times on this sledding hill and the creek use to freeze and we would ice skate. Now, it is too dangerous they say. And no one was sledding.


I have had the center of good fortune done for a ...

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February 8, 2019
a different kind of quilt from Making A Lather

A really good friend surprised me with a quilty gift. She made it from wood pieces assembled just like a log cabin block. The colors were created from paint. I was completely in love with it, and the thoughtfulness behind it. I love the colors, too, and find them inspirational for a real fabric quilt. I need to talk her into quilting.


In my fabric world, I have pieced the star blocks I need for the pumpkin jubilee quilt from My Carolina home. I shared recently that the hsts units had been sewn three times.



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January 27, 2019
stash report January 27, 2019 from Making A Lather

Today would be my Father's 99th birthday. I celebrated by sending all my children a package of lifesaver butter rum candy.  I wish they had known him longer. Dad really liked them, and so did I. I still can see him giving one to me as a little girl with a big smile on his face. He's been gone for 30 years, and I still miss him. My birthday is tomorrow and we always celebrated together. And Mom was great at making a big deal of it.

I have another thrift store find. I found the pieces separately ...

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January 17, 2019
down the homestretch rug hooking from Making A Lather

I am down the home stretch for my Cleveland rug. The left is the top of the rug and the right is the bottom of the rug and is already hooked. I hooked the year I started the rug and my initials in odd places as a way of marking time.


While resting ( aka watching TV) last night, I cut 2 1/2 inch tumblers out of a tub of scraps. Why? I ask myself. Because, I had a bunch of leftover tumblers from a tumbler quilt in 2017. And I couldn't decide what to do with them. I ...

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January 13, 2019
stash report January 13, 2019 from Making A Lather

We have a winter wonderland here in Indiana. I love the look and sound of snow. And at my age, I don't mind being snowed in for a bit. Church was even cancelled today, which is unusual. It started snowing during the night Friday, and snowed all day yesterday.



These are the bargains I found at Missouri star before the end of the year. I wanted the special for the olfa blades.
The layer cake is a new Kaffe Fasset. I have a quilt in progress that I thought I would use it to make, but I had it ...

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January 11, 2019
January 11, 2019 – Reflections from Quilter's Hangout

Day 21 of the shutdown.  One of the few (very few) upsides is that I’ve been able to spend a lot of time on this blog.  Although it’s been a...

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January 4, 2019
January 4, 2019 from Quilter's Hangout

I’ve heard of writer’s block but this is ridiculous. I’m not a writer, I’m a story prompter. I am really great at thinking of story ideas. I can plot a story line, set the scene and name my characters. I’ve even gotten so far as writing a few paragraphs. After that, nothing.

I have an entire folder with nothing but story prompts and first liners. Can you make a living being a story prompter?

I want to write. Really I do. The problem is that I want it to be perfect right out of the ...

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old quilt rescue from Making A Lather

I finished the binding on this old quilt. It's a rescue. I found it at a flea market for 12.50. The top had been hand sewn and the fabrics were vintage. Someone had taken it, and longarmed it. And, when I rescued it, it only needed trimmed and a binding. It had big fluffy batting. There was enough of the back to use as the binding. I trimmed it, and folded it, and hand sewed it to the front. I love the simplicity of the quilt, and the fabrics are really great.



I don't think I would ...

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January 3, 2019
January 3, 2019 from Quilter's Hangout

A nice warm fire is taking the chill out of the room. One of the nice things about Texas is that it’s only cold for a couple of months each year.

Now that I have the website up and running I think I’ll spend time in the craft room tomorrow. I need to get the quilts for the grand daughters completed! Time to stop procrastinating. I’ve been in a quilting funk the last year or so. I have so many projects that I want to get started on. But I need to finish the two quilts I ...

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January 2, 2019 from Quilter's Hangout

I’ve been off work for 13 days. What was supposed to be a nice stay at home vacation has turned into a 12 day (so far) furlough due to the government shutdown.

Needless to say I’m not happy, but, I have to make the best of it. My husband and I have caught up on a lot of shows and movies. We have watched two versions on Wyatt Earp. Yes, I love my husband that much. Although, with Kevin Costner starring in one and Kurt Russell (Tombstone), it wasn’t that much of a hardship!

I suppose the ...

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January 1, 2019
January 1, 2019 from Quilter's Hangout

I realized that I wanted a place to keep all my thoughts along with ideas, quilt journal and stories I have ruminating in my head. I’m trying out this new theme. I’m hoping it has everything I need. Fingers crossed. Goals this year: Quilt More Learn to fire a gun More time at the cabin […]

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December 31, 2018
ledgers [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

ledgers

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December 27, 2018
painters palette rug hooking from Making A Lather

Moving along with the painter's palette for my Cleveland rug. I am very close to finishing. well in rug time, not real time.


And a wonderful picture of my Grandchildren.



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December 19, 2018
doodling [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

doodling

karenannruane.typepad.com/karen_ruane/ short video on my blog

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December 5, 2018
Ledgers, a record of stitch [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

Ledgers, a record of stitch

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November 29, 2018
artist books [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

artist books

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November 24, 2018
fish jars from Making A Lather

I have the main part of the fish quilt finished and I decided to add a fun border.


Can you guess what I am doing?


We did all our black Friday shopping online. I sent family gifts to my children in Utah with free shipping. I even sent a gift to my Southern Indiana kiddos with free shipping. That way if we miss connections over Christmas, I won't stress about it.
We ordered a smoker for our Christmas.
I did go way to early to Joann fabrics for 70 % off of keepsake calico fabric and discovered they have moda ...

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